Public comments for: Food Preparation and Food Establishments (Article 81, Section 49) - Sodium Warning

Comments

Comment:
WASH supports NYC sodium warning labels World Action on Salt and Health applauds the proposal by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to the NYC Board of Health for chain restaurants to post warning labels for items on menus that contain more than 2300mg sodium (6g salt). We commend all efforts to reduce salt intake worldwide. We have long been campaigning for the food industry to remove the unnecessary amount of salt they add to our food, but little has been done with the catering industry. Chefs’ preference for saltier foods is putting us at risk as we increasingly enjoy eating out. We need to make sure that we are work with all food sectors to reduce the amount of salt we are all eating. Salt puts up our blood pressure, and as a result, thousands of people die unnecessarily each year from strokes, heart attacks and heart failure. A single meal should not contain a day’s worth of salt – those that do should not only come with a warning label, but should be immediately removed from the menu. WASH supports this proposal as a first step, to alert consumers to the high levels of salt in their food, and calls for further action to ensure that restaurant meals do not contain such excessive amounts of salt in the first place, and that ALL foods are correctly labelled to enable consumers to know what is in the food that they are eating. WASH is a global group, supporting countries around the world to reduce salt intake. For more information on the WASH please visit: www.worldactiononsalt.com
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
I completely support the sodium warning label proposal. Consumers have a right to know the nature of the risks posed by the nutritional features of the food offered in restaurants. I hope this policy will be a wake up call to consumers - the food/beverage industry is NOT taking care of our health. Without more information, consumers are not able to make healthy decisions and demand that the industry phase out these and other egregious menu items.
Agency: DOHMH